As a cooperative extension specialist with the University of California-Davis, Sahap Kaan Kurtural leverages artificial intelligence to enable vineyard managers to optimize irrigation without huge capital investments.
Farmers and orchard owners across the country are breathing a little easier now that more H-2A workers will be able to cross the Mexican border.
Domestic apple sales are up because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the crisis also may hamper availability of foreign guestworkers to tend and harvest this year’s crop.
A new Idaho law allowing bonded warehouses is expected to benefit the state’s growing wine industry.
Without adequate H-2A workers, many farmers would have to abandon their crops.
Between 2018 and 2019, the Oregon Wine Board spent roughly 12 months meeting with hundreds of producers across the state to develop a new strategic plan, outlining priorities for scientific re…
Hop stocks on March 1 were up 9% from a year ago, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service reports.
The U.S. State Department and USDA were quick to respond to the critical need for foreign agricultural guestworkers after the U.S. Embassy in Mexico announced on Monday it would suspend proces…
Millions of dollars of disaster aid is now available for Oregon hazelnut growers who suffered crop losses in February 2019 as a result of severe snowstorms that damaged up to 12% of mature orc…
As coronavirus continues to spread rapidly across the Northwest, the pandemic is threatening to exacerbate an already critical labor shortage for farms and food processors.
A cold snap following a warmer than normal winter is damaging Washington’s 2020 tree fruit crops, particularly cherries and apricots in the south central part of the state.
March’s warm start enabled southwest Idaho grape growers to get a jump on fieldwork, which could benefit the crop if weather cooperates.
Washington state wine industry leaders are encouraging growers and wineries to correct an imbalance in supply and demand by removing more vineyard acreage from production this year.
New research led by Oregon State University aims to determine best farming practices for olives, a niche crop in Oregon, which could help to kick-start the state's fledgling industry.
Older consumers drink less and millennials opt for alternatives like hard seltzers and cocktails, according to industry leaders. Winemakers say the industry needs to adapt to younger consumers.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A warm winter means that, for apparently the first time in the history of German winemaking, the country's fabled vineyards will produce no ice wine — a pricey, golde…
As U.S. crop sectors jostle for relief from Chinese tariffs, Oregon’s hazelnut farmers hope a recent visit from a top Chinese diplomat signals they aren’t being forgotten.
A University of Idaho Extension two-day workshop increases awareness of the importance of pollinating insects, the dangers they face and ways landowners can help.
Researchers at Washington State University are experimenting with fungi extracts to save honeybee colonies from the deadly "deformed wing" virus.
The U.S. Trade Representative has raised tariffs on European airplane parts instead of wine imports, sparing the American wine industry from 100% duties on imports.
Agricultural groups are working with members of the U.S. Senate on an ag labor bill that growers hope will bring relief from steadily increasing minimum wages for foreign guestworkers.
Oregon is bucking the global wine industry’s lackluster sales trend for now but its winemakers are not immune to the slump, according to an industry expert.
Behind the flurry of treats and blooms, there are human stories: of drug cartels, hail storms, border agents and beet seed breeders.
Members of the Oregon Winegrowers Association will likely elect a new board of directors sometime in 2020, pending changes to the organization's bylaws.
The gain from a reduction in fruit tariffs in China could be lost to coronavirus restrictions preventing fruit from getting to markets.
Cosmic Crisp apples are selling at top wholesale prices while other varieties struggle because of large volume. It’s the first year for Cosmic Crisp and its supplies are limited.
Adding habitat for ground-dwelling bees among opportunities available.
A Washington state Senate committee Thursday recommended partially banning chlorpyrifos, acting on the same day as California's prohibition on selling the pesticide took effect.
Members of the Northwest pear industry discussed the importance of ripening and conditioning programs for the fruit during Oregon State University Extension Service's winter horticulture meeti…
Honeybees, worth almost $20 billion to American agriculture, are worth protecting — and a new biological weapon scientists discovered may help combat honeybees' main enemy, aptly named the var…
During a recent road trip, Greg Thorsgard noticed a scarcity of hazelnut products on the shelves of grocery stores he visited.
Alireza Pourreza is exploring pathways to convert aerial images from drones that monitor crop fields into data that farmers can use.
Many in the U.S. wine industry rejoiced when France and the U.S. appeared to declare a temporary truce Jan. 20 in a trans-Atlantic dispute involving a wine tariff that, if levied, could have c…
Cherry growers from Hood River, Ore., to the Canadian border need to remove infected cherry trees or they could lose their industry, a scientist warns.
Washington State University has filed a lawsuit accusing a fruit packer and associated orchard company of violating its patent for an apple cultivar.
An apple processor in Washington has agreed to pay nearly $200,000 in addition to upgrading its stormwater treatment protocols to settle an environmentalist lawsuit.
Tim Newkirk of Canby, Ore., is considered one of the youngest farmers to win the prestigious title from the Nut Growers Society of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
China is more likely to buy pork and grains than tree fruit and has not agreed to lower a 60% tariff on tree fruit, the president of Northwest Cherry Growers says.
Legislation aimed at fixing some of agriculture's deepening labor woes would actually do little to benefit farms in the long term, according to attorney Leon Sequeira, a former assistant secre…
While Oregon’s hazelnut industry stands to gain from the first phase of the Trump administration’s trade deal with China, the specifics remain shrouded in mystery.
People learn through stories, said Michele Payn, a nationally recognized speaker and author on the food industry. And as the stories around food change, the way people think about food is chan…
Washington farmers and labor contractors would be presumed guilty of illegal retaliation if they disciplined workers who complained about work conditions or took part in union activities, unde…
The U.S. wine industry is bracing itself over the Trump administration's threat of a 100% tariff on European wine imports. Wine producers say the import tax could devastate their industry by …
The California Department of Food and Agriculture has amended its rules for importing cherries into the state, narrowing damages if fruit fly larvae are found at a Washington state packer.
The Washington state tree fruit industry is attracting out-of-state investment and ownership. The trend is expected to accelerate in the next 18 months.
A former Washington tree fruit nursery owner, Dena Ybarra, was heralded as cherry king of the year by Northwest Cherry Growers on Jan. 10.
BULANCAK, TURKEY — Cavit Ozdemir and his wife, Rukiye, have colonies of some 300,000 honeybees near their home in a village near the Black Sea coast.
FSMA, farmers' desire to stay field-focused, among factors
BLAINE, Wash. — As if life wasn’t hard enough for the honeybee, things just got worse with the appearance of a new hornet that can decimate hives.
The breeder of two red flesh apple varieties says he hopes in time they help grow per capital apple consumption.
Low snowpack in Washington so far this year recalls conditions leading up to the drought of 2015. Yakima Basin reservoirs are significantly behind in recharging.
Voluntary readiness reviews help producers comply on inspection
Chad Finn, who spent the last 26 years developing new blackberry, raspberry, blueberry and strawberry varieties for the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Corvallis, Ore., died Dec. 17 foll…
Washington growers are not happy with H-2A guestworker minimum wages going to $15.83 in Washington and Oregon, Jan. 2. It will be $13.62 in Idaho.
Washington’s new Cosmic Crisp apple is selling well at strong prices and a limited supply of about 460,000, 40-pound boxes likely will be all sold out of grocery stores in February.